Have you ever wondered what that long number on the side of your front windshield is for? It is commonly referred to as your vehicle’s “VIN” or Vehicle Identification Number. Each vehicle has its own unique VIN number. The National Highway and Transit Safety Administration adopted the practice of putting the VIN on automobiles as of 1954.
The VIN is like the DNA of your vehicle, it is typically made up of individual numbers and letters and provides specific information about your vehicle. It includes information such as: what country the vehicle is made, the make and the model, and more.
Where is the VIN located on the Vehicle?
You can typically find your VIN located in the following locations:
- Front of engine block under the hood
- Driver’s Side Interior Dash
- The front end of the frame (on older vehicles)
- Driver’s side door jam (inside)
- Vehicle Insurance Documents
How is my VIN used?
There are many reasons why your VIN would be needed. Examples include:
- If there was a factory recall for a specific automaker, this would allow the manufacturer to inform all of its customers who have purchased the vehicle, of the details of the recall, etc.
- The VIN provides information about the change in ownership, so those purchasing the vehicle privately can get information about previous owners, etc.
- If your vehicle needs its windshield replaced, the shop can easily acquire the specific parts needed for your vehicle.
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